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Stephan Pastis clairvoyance or a master planner?

Last week I posted a letter to the editor by a certain offended reader of the Baltimore Sun who decried the profanity in Pearls Before Swine. Just to be clear, we’re not talking real swear words – we’re talking characters like @#$@. Then on Sunday, Scott Hilburn drops the big #%@!* in his strip.

Yesterday Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis runs a strip making fun of comics teaching kids profanity. It’s like he planned this whole thing.

Community Comments

#1 Ben Carlsen
August/17/2011
@ 8:06 am

So is our new theory that the letter to the editor was a plant by Pastis?

#2 Mike Cope
August/17/2011
@ 10:18 am

“Dear Wheeler: you provide the prose poems. I’ll provide the war.”
– Charles Foster Kane

#3 b.j. Dewey
August/17/2011
@ 11:29 am

Thanks for the clarification, Alan. I mistakenly thought/assumed the swearing went beyond the characters. I did think Hilburn’s use of them was clever and funny so it’s all in how they’re used.

#4 RA
August/17/2011
@ 11:57 am

Well, technically, that form of “swearing” is inappropriate too.

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